IRTA-CReSA collaborates with EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, in two risk assessment projects
Two Partnering Grant Projects, in which IRTA-CReSA participates have been recently awarded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA’s Partnering Grants aim to build risk assessment capacity by transferring knowledge and expertise between two or more organizations in Member States.
IRTA-CReSA is involved in the “Harmonisation of transmissible disease interpretation in EU” (HOTLINE) project together with the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise (IZSAM) of Italy, the National Veterinary Institute of Sweden (SVA) and the University of Thessaly of Greece.
The purpose of this project is to develop a series of tools that will promote harmonised reporting of disease data to help risk assessors, risk managers and policy makers communicate in a standardized way.
IRTA-CReSA also contributes to the “Generic approaches for Risk Assessment of Infectious animal Disease introduction” (G-RAID) project together with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) of the UK, the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute (WBVR), the National Veterinary Institute-Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the National Veterinary Institute of Sweden (SVA) and the Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA).
The objective of G-RAID is the development of generic tools for the evaluation of the risk of introduction of exotic animal diseases into EU countries.
Dr. Sebastian Napp from the Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Subprogram attended the kick-off meetings of the projects on the 25th and 29th of January at the EFSA headquarters in Parma (Italy).